Cerros de Escazu is a protected national park located just south of the city of Escazu in the mountains.
The mountains here are usually called the Escazu mountains, however, officially they are part of the Talamanca mountain range, which spans the central valley to the south and includes some very high peaks like Chirripo, the tallest mountain in Costa Rica at 12,500 feet. The tallest peak in the cluster of mountains just south of Escazu include the following:
- Cerro Rabo de Mico at 7,966 feet
- Cerro Cedral at 7,940 feet
- Cerro Pico Alto at 7,720 feet
- Cerro Pico Blanco at 7,451 feet
- Cerro San Miguel at 6,677 feet
This mountainous region of the San Jose area is popular for both hiking and mountain biking. For the more adventurous, Cerro Pico Blanco is also a great wall for some very technical rock climbing. In addition to hiking, biking and climbing, there are also some pretty spectacular views of San Jose from about 4,000 feet above the city. One of this areas best kept secrets is a great hike to the crosses. If you are in the San Jose area and view these mountains, you will most likely see a cross at the top. This is called the Cross of Alajeulita, which is the town just below. There are actually three crosses, which are connected by a fairly well maintained trail, which makes great for a day hike. You should plan on about 3 to 4 hour hike which is pretty hard, especially as you climb in altitude. In order to reach the top cross, you will need to make over a 2,000 foot vertical descent. At times, the trail is not very flat, and can require some significant hiking skills. You should plan on wearing sun block, mosquito repellent and clothing that you don’t mind getting muddy or wet. You should also bring along plenty of water to keep you hydrate for both the climb and descent. If possible, I would also carry a modern cell phone with GPS to monitor your progress. I always recommend bringing a cell phone when you hike in Costa Rica. If you have problems or get lost, just dial 911, and they should be able to use your GPS to triangulate you.
As you can see from the last photo, the dogs like Cerros De Escazu almost as much as myself.
The Best Hotel in Escazu
The Beacon Hotel Escazu
The Beacon Hotel is very centrally located in downtown Escazu. Relax and pamper yourself in this 4-star hotel, which is located in the center of Escazu. You can choose from 27 unique air-conditioned rooms, with high definition televisions and luxury appointments. Most rooms have great city or pool views. In addition, there are small conference rooms, a banquet room and a 24-hour business center.
Whether you are looking for an economical room at $95 per night, or a luxury suite at $235 per night, the Beacon Hotel is highly rated choice with access to the following attractions:
- Cerros de Escazu National Park
- La Sabana
- San Jose
- Multi-Plaza and Avenida Escazu
- La Salle Historic Museum
- The National Stadium